Ask Belle: Cold Weather Tips for Interns
Jan 4, 2017
By way of introduction,21 I’m a 3L from Mississippi, and I’ll be interning on the Hill during the Spring semester. I just ran across your blog today in a frantic search for DC fashion advice. While I have some college friends living in DC, they don’t work on the Hill. My question is, “What do I wear as a Hill intern trying to survive the DC winter?” I have several good coats and jackets, but I’m not sure what to do
Ah, being an intern, I remember it well. Giving tours, answering phones, licking envelopes…coming hope at night and nursing my bleeding, blister covered feet because I’d never had to walk more than two blocks in heels before. Good times. Here are some tips for what to wear.
Cold Weather Gear. If you already own a good coat, you’ll want a hat and gloves. It’s chilly walking down into those windy Metro tunnels. For the gloves, I like these cashmere-lined leather gloves. For a hat, you can wear a chic cloche or go all in on the ear protection with an embellished beanie.
And do not forget a scarf! Keeping your neck warm is key. This Pendleton plaid is a classic, or this ASOS oversize scarf.
For the boots, you have two choices: Wellies with warm socks, or real snow boots. I own the Sorel Caribou snow boots, but as discussed, they can be a bit heavy for every day wear. For daily wear, I often wore my Hunter boots with wool boot socks.
Staying Warm at the Office. It will not be warm in your office. I spent more than one shivering afternoon warming my hands on my coffee cup. That is, until I discovered the joys of sitting on a heating pad to keep warm. Space heaters are banned, so this is as close as you can get. Some ladies also use foot warmers.
Footwear. In my youth, I prized style over comfort. Now, I know better. Sore feet make every work day longer and more taxing. Being able to walk for miles in your work shoes with only minor discomfort makes working long hours a lot easier.
I am a big believer in a rubber sole. It absorbs shock and gives your feet a break. The Michael Kors Flex heels are a reliable choice that come in a variety of colors and styles. I also like Rockport and Geox, but the styles aren’t as classic.
Additionally, you’ll want to keep some band-aids in your wallet of all sizes for blisters. They’re nearly inevitable. I also recommend outfitting shoes with gel insoles when possible.
Accessories. Whether you choose to wear skirts or pants, warm tights are a lifesaver. I like the fleece-lined tights from Plush; Apt. 9 makes a more affordable option. Xhiliration makes a plus-size option. I also used to wear socks with my tights. It kept my feet a little warmer and less battered. But you have to put them under the tights, or they won’t help.
A lightweight scarf or wrap is also good for chasing off the chill. I have always adored the Lovequotes brand for its variety of colors and slightly oversized look.
If you have any more tips for the interns braving the wet D.C. winter, leave them in the comments.